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The Big Book of HR, Revised and Updated Edition by Cornelia Gamlem, Barbara Mitchell

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6

Determining Hiring Criteria

Gary Rogers, chairman and CEO of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, said it best: “You can’t spend too much time on hiring smart. The alternative is to manage tough, which is much more time-consuming.”1

Many organizations make hiring decisions quickly and without a lot of thought. Why? Because the work has to get done so let’s just hire someone as fast as we can and hope we get the right person. Some people call this the “foggy mirror” method of hiring: All that matters is the applicant is breathing!

Taking a strategic approach to hiring may take a bit more time, but, in the long run, the time will be well spent if you get a hire who is successful. Hiring strategically involves knowing what will define success in the new ...

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